Top 8 Reasons Your WiFi is Slow
Slow WiFi speed is the Universe’s way of telling you to take a break from your computer. It is frustrating when you are trying to be productive and you can’t because WiFi is bogged down. For over two decades, we have become reliant on the internet for business and for our personal use. In spite of technology advances, things aren’t always perfect. It is easy to get frustrated when we can’t connect to WiFi, our videos buffer, or our pages won’t load.
Top 8 Reasons Your WiFi is Slow
Here are 8 reasons why your WiFi could be slow and how you can resolve it:
- Get What You Pay For – Sometimes your internet speed is slow because that is what you are paying for. Check your plan and adjust your internet needs according.
- Troubleshoot Your Equipment – Before you get too angry at your internet provider, take a moment to troubleshoot your router and modem by giving them both a reboot. It is crazy how turning them off and on again can fix most issues. If you are having issues with only one device, it might be your computer or device and not the WiFi.
- WiFi thieves – Connecting to WiFi can be fairly easy. If you don’t have a strong password or you have shared your password with too many people, this can effect the strength of your WiFi. Networks with weak passwords or no passwords can be accessed by almost anyone. If you haven’t changed your router’s password, this is the most important place to start. It might also be time to update your passwords. Click here for ideas on how to make your password stronger.
- Overcrowding – If you live or work in a place where there are a lot of people using the internet, you will experience congestion. Many people use the internet during peak times like 5 pm. Avoid using the same channel on your router if possible.
- Out of Range – Take a look at where your equipment is located. If your router is sitting to close to a window or is behind a piece of furniture, it can actually slow down your connection. These areas are often referred to as the dead zones in your home. There is a free tool called HeatMapper that is for Window users and can tell you where the strongest signals are in your home or your office. NetSpot is an alternative for Mac users. If you need to extend your WiFi, you can put in wireless access points to help boost the range of your router’s transmission. This is a fairly easy fix for not a lot of money.
- Plugin and App Hogs – Look at the plugins you are using and make sure you don’t have anything downloading in the background. File sharing programs like Google Photos or One Drive can use a lot of your bandwidth. Assess what plugins or apps you are using and decide if you can turn them off when you don’t need them. Doing so will significantly increase your connection speeds.
- Outdated Equipment – WiFi routers are not all created equal. Increased bandwidth allows more data to be transmitted without slowing it down. Talk to your managed IT service provider and they can help you determine if you need to update your equipment. Older equipment also has expired warranties. This exposes you not only to slower connections but security issues as well.
- Router Security – If your network is Open (no security) or is using WEP, you need to change your security settings immediately. Having an open network is an easy way for someone you don’t know to steal your WiFi.
If you are still experiencing slow WiFi speed and connection issues, you can also contact Protek and we can help you troubleshoot the problem. Call us at 801.999.4767.
Eric is the owner and CEO of Protek Support and is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology (IT). He is an IT Services expert in a variety of technology related fields. Some of these fields include document management software/hardware, enterprise level networking and VoIP phone systems, as well as large scale software implementation projects and the setup of small business networks.